Lady Colin: The Lady Whom the Butler Saw

Gertrude Elizabeth Blood was 22 when her mother brought her to Scotland in search of a suitable husband. One fateful September night in 1880, she caught the eye of Lord Colin Campbell, son of the Duke of Argyll.

The origin of the phrase “what the butler saw” came from this woman’s divorce proceedings – when a butler claimed to have seen her in flagrante through a keyhole, the lawyers marched the entire jury to said door and had them attempt to recreate the feat.